A MASSIVE haul of medals was the order of the weekend as scores of local athletes tested themselves at a national level.
Juvenile athletes from a number of Kilkenny clubs travelled to Tullamore to compete at the national track and field championships.
The competition is held over four days on two weekends - after the first two stages Kilkenny athletes had reeled in 10 gold medals, seven on the track and three in field events. They have also bagged four silver medals in field events and three bronze medals, one on the track and two in field events.
The sprinters were in sizzling form on the track. David Murphy (Gowran) won his 80m race while there were wins also for Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletes Sarah Kate Lacey and Cliodhna Manning in their 100m finals. Cliodhna made it double gold with victory also in the 400m.
There were gold medals also for the hurdlers with Shannen Dawkins (St Joseph’s) and Ciara Deeley (KCH). Anna Sheehan (KCH) turned Leinster silver into All-Ireland gold in the 800m and Thomastown’s Ciara O’Keeffe took bronze in her 600m race.
In the field events Hannah Kelly (KCH) won gold in her javelin event. There was also gold for Ciara Deeley in the high jump, her second of the championships. Lauren Gleeson (KCH) won silver in the long jump and Brendan Hyland bronze in the javelin.
After having four athletes finish just outside the medals Brow Rangers finally struck gold when Therese Kelly won her shot-put event. Grainne Kelly added to Brow’s medal tally when she finished in the bronze medal position in her discus event.
Gowran high jumpers Aoife Naddy and Donagh Mahon won silver, medals of the same colour as their discus thrower James O’Neill. David Murphy picked up a bronze in the shot-put to add to his sprint gold.
All the competing athletes at the event had qualified through their regional finals so competition in the events was of a very high standard. A further 10 Kilkenny athletes finished inside the top six in their events.
Days three and four of the championships will be held at the same venue on the weekend of July 20 and 21.
Results, rounds one and two national track and field championships, Tullamore (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SK = St Kieran’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Girls’ U-12 600m: 3 Ciara O’Keeffe (TT).
Girls’ U-13 javelin: 1 Hannah Kelly (KCH), 24.21m. Girls’ U-13 shot-put: 1 Therese Kelly (BR), 11.35m. Girls’ U-13 high jump: 10 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 1.30m.
Girls’ U-14 high jump: 1 Ciara Deely (KCH), 1.51m. Girls’ U-14 75m hurdles: 1 Ciara Deeley (KCH), 11.65 secs. Girls’ U-14 hammer: 4 Emma Kelly (BR), 20.20m. Girls’ U-14 shot-put: 7 Saoirse DeCoursey (SS). Girls’ U-14 shot-put: 7 Saoirse DeCoursey (SS). Girls’ U-14 discus: 3 Grainne Kelly (BR); 6 Emma Kelly (BR).
Boys’ U-14 80m: 1 David Murphy (G), 9.93 secs. Boys’ U-14 shot-putt: 3 David Murphy (G), 13.19m. Boys’ U-14 800m: 4 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2.17.42 mins. Boys’ U-14 javelin: 4 Michael Power (TT), 33.26m Boys’ U-14 High Jump: 9 Thomas Sheridan (SS), 1.40m.
Girls’ U-15 long jump: 2 Lauren Gleeson (KCH), 5.16m. Girls’ U-15 high jump: 10 Sinead Tuohy (KCH), 1.25m. Girls’ U-15 discus: 7 Sinead McEvoy (SS), 19.62m.
Boys’ U-15 discus: 2 James O’Neill (G), 34.25m. Boys’ U-15 80m hurdles: 5 Darragh Roberts (KCH), 13.13 secs.
Girls’ U-16 high jump: 2 Aoife Naddy (G), 1.55m. Girls’ U-16 250m hurdles: 5 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH), 37.73 secs.
Boys’ U-16 250m hurdles: 4 Jack Manning (KCH), 33.91 secs. Boys’ U-16 long jump: 11 Mateusz Pietrzykowski (SK), 5.10m. Boys’ U-16 hammer: 4 Ciaran Coady (BR).
Girls’ U-17 100m: 4 Sophie Becker (SJ), 12.86 secs.
Boys’ U-17 high jump: 2 Donagh Mahon (G), 1.94m. Boys’ U-17 hammer: 4 John Joe Kelly (BR). Boys’ U-17 100m: 5 Callan Byrne (KCH), 11.52 secs. Boys’ U-17 long jump: 7 Donagh Mahon (G), 5.75m. Boys’ U-17 200m steeplechase: 7 Peter Lynch (KCH), 7.01.85 mins. Boys’ U-17 triple jump: 12 Jack O’Kelly (G), 10.4m. Boy’s U-17 3,000m: 10 Peter Lynch (KCH), 9.49.84 mins.
Girls’ U-18 100m hurdles: 1 Shannen Dawkins (SJ), 14.43 secs. Girls’ U-18 100m: 1 Sarah Kate Lacey (KCH), 12.6 secs; 7 Margaret Caldbeck (KCH), 13.23 secs. Girls’ U-18 800m: 1 Anna Sheehan (KCH), 2.19.77 mins. Girls’ U-18 hammer: 4 Aoife Coady (BR), 32.70m.
Girls’ U-19 400m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 56.65. Girls’ U-19 100m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 12.26 secs. Girls’ U-19 shot-put: 4 Catriona Twomey (KCH), 9.15m.
Boys’ U-19 javelin: 3 Brendan Hyland (KCH), 41.08m. Boys’ U-19 3,000m: 11 Thomas Kane (G), 10.10.70 mins.
Kilkenny’s Ciara Everard set a new outdoor personal best time while competing in the 800m at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia at the weekend.
Everard, who is studying in UCD, finished in a time of 2 minutes 04.34 seconds.
After winning the national title Aoife Hickey will be hoping to add some continental glory in the coming days.
The KCH hammer thrower is part of the Irish team who will compete in the European under-23 championships, which will be held in Tampere, Finland from tomorrow (Thursday) to Sunday.
Brow Rangers athlete John Joe Kelly has been selected on the Irish team for the forthcoming Schools International in Dublin.
John Joe finished third in the shot-put in the Tailteann Games recently, earning his call-up as a result of this performance.
On the road
Brian Maher (KCH) set a new course record of 14.38 at the Ballyneale 5K, crossing the line in first place. Club-mate Toss Hayes was third in 15.22.
At the GSK five mile race, which was held in Dungarvan at the weekend, Peter Duggan (St Joseph’s) finished third place in the M40 category in a time of 28.43. Patrick Bookle was second in the M45 category in 30.13.
Sunday: National League, round two (KCH will compete in Cork).
July 20/21: National Juvenile Track & Field, Tullamore.